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RETHINKING ARCHITECTURE. CREATING A PLATFORM FOR ARCHITECTS & STUDENTS TO EXPLORE THEIR CREATIVITY

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THE BRIEF

Challenge: to design a partly subterranean retreat to connect people with visual impairments with the sensory environment of Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland.

 

Our brief asks for an innovative and creative design focusing on the user experience and connection to the surrounding nature and wildlife with a minimal environmental impact. The partly subterranean structure will give blind and visually impaired people a unique experience with sensory adventures and opportunity to relax and feel at peace. The retreat should be connected to the surroundings through the choice of design and materiality.

THE SITE

Iceland's unique and unforgettable geography is defined by volcanic mountain peaks and ice fields, with a coastline marked by fjords (deep shafts marked by glaciers) and black beaches.

 

Reynisfjara beach is Iceland's most famous and most visited black volcanic beach, located in the southern part of the island, near the small village of Vik. It is one of the most popular locations in Iceland due to its black sand and its contrast with the white snow and ice in winter, violent waves, and basalt formations. The combination of these factors makes Reynisfjara beach one of the most beautiful examples of Iceland's rough geography.

1st PRIZE

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Sensory experience

Vera Safonova